BROOKINGS, S.D. – Jill Anderson joined the Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University as assistant professor in dairy production.
“Dr. Anderson brings valuable experience and interest in dairy heifer nutrition and teaching,” said Vikram Mistry, department head.
Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Delaware and her master’s in dairy cattle nutrition at South Dakota State University.
In 2005, she was appointed as a research assistant to manage the dairy cattle nutrition laboratory in the Dairy Science Department.
In search of greater challenges, she began her doctoral program in 2008 in dairy cattle nutrition under the supervision of professor Kenneth Kalscheur and successfully completed it in August 2012.
Her doctoral research was titled “Growth, nutrient utilization, metabolic profile, and long-term performance of dairy heifers fed distillers grains.” Her studies demonstrated that feeding distillers grains maintained the average daily gain, skeletal growth and energy status of prepubertal dairy heifers similar to feeding corn and soybean meal. She also showed that heifers that were fed the distillers diets had similar or improved reproductive and lactation performance compared to the heifers that were fed the corn and soybean meal diet.
Her study demonstrated that dairy producers can feed high amounts of distillers grains in place of corn and soybean meal in growing heifer rations without compromising growth, development or future performance.
In recognition of her research work, Anderson received the International Ingredient Corp. Pinnacle Award at the 2012 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix. This award recognizes her outstanding research in the area of coproduct feeding to growing dairy heifers. In 2010, she was the recipient of a competitive national scholarship, the John Brandt Memorial Scholarship.
Anderson has authored or co-authored five refereed journal articles and 11 abstracts.
As a faculty member in the Dairy Science Department, Anderson will conduct research in the area of dairy heifer nutrition and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.